Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday in Lent

Novena to Our Lady of Monte Berico

O Most Holy Virgin, Mother of God and my Mother Mary, I thank you that you have deigned to appear on Monte Berico and I thank you for all the graces you grant here to those who turn to you. Nobody ever prayed to you in vain. I, too, resort to you and beg you for the Passion and Death of Jesus and for your pains: welcome me, o’ merciful Mother, under your mantle, which is a maternal mantle; grant me the particular grace that I ask of You [your petition here] and protect me from all evil and especially from sin which is the greatest evil.

Oh make, oh Mary, my Mother, that I always enjoy your loving protection in life and even more in death and then come to see you in heaven and to thank and bless you forever. Amen.

Madonna of Monte Berico, pray for us. O sweet Virgin, pious mother of love, like this Ave rising from the heart.

Ave, ave, ave, Maria

Ave, ave, ave, Maria

O Virgin, shine as a star in the sky, Motherly defend your faithful children.

Ave, ave, ave Maria

Ave, ave, ave, Maria

Young at Heart News:  Day tour Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 with Suzanne Dubeau.  Join us for an exciting and fund day tour to the “Ottawa Tulip Festival” and a luncheon/theatre at “Oh Canada Eh!”  Departure from Chapeau at 8:00 a.m. with a later afternoon arrival home.  Cost is $162.00 per person, payable in full on registration by March 11th for members only.  After this date, it will be open to the public.  Deadline to register is April 2nd, 2020.  Contact persons:  Jerome Sallafranque 689-2208 or Ron Price 613-639-0292

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:  Tickets are now on sale for the annual Irish play, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus. Dates this year are March 8 and 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. and March 13 and 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all Mulvihill pharmacies in Pembroke, the CNIB outlet at Wal Mart in Pembroke and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door.

The Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on March 26th, 2020 at 7pm.  As we are spearheading a project to build a farmer’s market (to replace the old barn) and redesigning the community garden, we welcome new people to join our board. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Gene O’Brien 819-689-2410 or Edith Lair at 819-689-2950.

Parish Collection                     
Sheenboro $  572.00  $655.00   Toonie   $87.75  $   90.00
St. Joseph $1159.00 $1177.00  Toonie   $74.30  $102.00  
Chapeau $2104.00 $1196.00  Toonie  $174.65 $234.00  

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lisa Lariviere, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan.

Thank you:  Thank you to the St. Alphonsus C.W.L. for their generous donation of $1,500 to help defray the costs of heating the parish church.

Thank you:  Lorna Conway and her children Charlie, Shirley, Christopher and Mary Lou, would like to thank Neville’s Funeral Home and Father Tim Moyle for his Beautiful Eulogy at Charlie’s funeral.  Thank you, Roger and members of the choir for the lovely music.  Thanks to everyone who contributed food and to the C.W.L who prepared and served the delicious lunch.  Thank to everyone who brought good to the house.  It was all so much appreciated.  We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness at our time of sorrow.  Thanks again.

Fr. Tim Notes:
Well, folks, we’re sure living in troubled times. Effective immediately, all weekend Masses are cancelled until further notice in all Quebec Catholic churches. This step is taken because of the REAL RISK to the health of primarily our seniors. People 60 and up are dying at a rate of 1 in 5 on the younger end of the range, and up to 1 in 3 for people 80 yrs of age and over. Younger folks have a very low mortality rate (probably under 1%), but they can quickly become carriers of the virus for up to 10 days before they display any symptoms. We do not want them to unwittingly become agents of death to the senior members of their families.

There are still activities happening in our churches, though. Our program of Eucharistic Adoration continues in all three parishes. We insist though, that the following regime be respected:

1) Please use the alcohol rub available at every door when you enter and leave the church.

2) We will be washing down the pews in our churches with bleach after each day.

3) If you are sick in any way, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. This means that if you are coughing, sneezing, have a runny nose, or chills, you MUST NOT come into the buildings.

We will do what we can to limit the risk to anyone with these steps. You must do your part to help keep your friends and neighbours safe.

We will continue to celebrate funerals during this period, but they will not be open to the general public. ONLY THE DECEASED’S FAMILY MEMBERS and close friends will be welcome to participate in any church service. If you need further instruction on this matter, feel free to call our local funeral directors (Hayes Funeral Home 1-844-647-2221), and they will explain what is and isn’t allowed.

Your local clergy stand ready to attend to anyone in need of the Sacrament of the Sick. Just call me or any other priest and we will schedule a time when we can come. Please understand though if we don’t stick around for a social visit if anyone is found to be suffering from this virus as we must take strict measures to remain virus-free.

At least for this week, there won’t be any Masses during the week. However, this might change as we investigate the possibility of allowing these celebrations during this crisis. I will post whatever answer we receive both here and on Facebook once we know what we can offer. What is clear is that there will not be any weekend Masses until further notice.

Finally, let me add one more request: PRAY! Pray for the sick. Pray for healthcare professionals who are caring for them. Pray for we clergy who will be ministering to them. And pray that this time of crisis will pass as soon as possible without killing any of our parishioners.

Thank you.

Fr. Tim

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